Autism and Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | April 5, 2016

Characteristics of autism are difficulties with social interactions, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. People who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction tend to also struggle with social anxiety, mood disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Some researchers are asking if those with autism use drugs and alcohol in order to help relieve […]

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Breathwork for Addiction

by Balboa Horizons | March 30, 2016

Drugs and alcohol are not the source of the problem for an addict. The inability to feel and weather the pains of human emotion are. An addict runs from these emotions by numbing through drugs, alcohol, food and disassociation. Recovery is a process of incorporating many tools in order to help an individual get through […]

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The Brain and Gut Connection with Addiction

by baladmin | February 26, 2016

You have probably heard the expression, “Trust your gut.” At one time or another, we have all had the experience of not trusting and having things go south. What explains this phenomena? Part of it can be understood through vagus nerve which connects the gut lining to the brain. The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) lives […]

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Selecting A Therapist Post-Rehab

by baladmin | February 24, 2016

Many people who complete addiction rehab programs continue their recovery process in therapy. Working with a therapist post-treatment allows one the opportunity to continue combing through triggers and build upon strengths. One benefit of rehab is that a therapist that specializes in chemical addiction and co-occurring disorders is assigned to you. When you return home […]

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One Tip for a Successful I.O.P. Experience

by baladmin | January 2, 2016

Some people refer to recovery as a re-birth. The metamorphous of changing from one thing (an addict) into another (a sober person.) It may be helpful to remember that the birthing process is long and messy. It takes a mother 9 months to grow a baby in her womb and the deed of birthing that […]

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Balboa Horizons is Hiring: Support Staff

by baladmin | December 15, 2015

Balboa Horizons loves its clients and its team. Our support staff members play a large role in the addiction recovery of our clients. They are with them 24/7, supporting them through the highs and lows of addiction recovery. Serving in the treatment field requires balance of clinical expertise, inner strength and compassion. If you think […]

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Movement Therapies for Addiction

by baladmin | November 6, 2015

Traditionally, addiction has been treated with psychotherapy. Newly developed therapies called movement therapies are proving to be incredibly beneficial. Movement therapy can include dancing, yoga, tai chi, etc… this therapy model addresses both the psychological and the physiological health of a person. Physically our autonomic nervous system (ANS) remembers everything we feel, hear, see and […]

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Yoga and Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | October 14, 2015

To the blind eye it may seem that yoga is simply a bunch of stretching and napping, but if you move a little deeper you’ll see that there is more to what meets the eye. Yoga is gaining popularity in the addiction recovery community for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits. Its combination of mindful […]

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Social Media in Early Addiction Recovery

by baladmin | September 1, 2015

Social media is an incredible tool for self-expression and connection. However, the process of recovery often reveals a new self with different values and interests. The simple act of logging in to Facebook and seeing old photos and friends can bring up painful memories. Taking steps forward in a new way of life while messages […]

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OCD and Addiction

by baladmin | August 27, 2015

According to the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25% of those who seek treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) also have a substance abuse disorder. OCD is the overwhelming need to do a task repetitively; such as, hand washing, checking locked doors, updating a calendar, counting calories, etc… Doing these tasks temporarily relieves anxiety. In some cases […]

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